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Hunting Camp Cooking

If you belong to the first group, may as well stop reading right now. But if you believe in setting a fine table at hunting camp, then read on. What we'll be doing is exploring the problems and special conditions inherent in cooking "gourmet," given the restrictions imposed by time, location, and available tools and appliances.First thing to keep in mind is that you have to make some compromises. To be sure, I've been fortunate, in my work, to enjoy meals at some upscale hunting camps that would hold their own against anything served in a fine-dining restaurant. Such... read more

No Apologies

  Apologies have no place in the kitchen. Every movement is intentional, each gesture purposefully calculated. Every stroke, thrust and exploit have been prescribed as part of the cooking ritual. So, if Server Cody carelessly walks to the aft of a cook without the requisite “Behind!” bellow and gets burned, then Cody has, well, a scar to share with his friends at the next barbecue, and he has learned that cooks do not alter their paths for the sake of Cody’s peachy-white arm flesh. If Catering Coordinator Lady Sarah-the-Meanie gets barked at for doing some asinine... read more

Making Home Brewed Vinegar

In this day of wicked excess no self-respecting gourmand would be caught without a bottle - several bottles - of exotic vinegar from faraway lands, resplendent in chic bottles, some actually costing as much as vintage wines. Well, let's hear it for the humble home-brewed stuff, the kind that one might gather slowly and lovingly in a pantry. An old fashioned concept? You bet! Consider what Lydia Maria Child advised in The American Housewife back in 1828, "It is poor economy to buy vinegar by the gallon. Buy a barrel, or half a barrel, of really strong vinegar, when you... read more

Confessions of a Sell Out Chef

  • by PeteModerator

Written By Chef Peter Martin This past fall I found myself unemployed.  With the economy the in the middle of its downward spiral, this was not a good thing.  And being a chef in Wisconsin my prospects were few.  While job hunting I got a call from a friend who had recently made the jump from the restaurant world into the world of institutional foodservice.  He claimed that he was enjoying his job and the lifestyle it afforded him, and better yet, he knew of a position open in his company working as a food service director for the county jails, and felt I should... read more

A Brief Tour of American Barbecue

  • by PeteModerator

Barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, or Bar-B-Que, no matter how you spell it America has developed an insatiable appetite for the stuff.  Restaurants specialize in it, competitions abound, and backyard grill jockeys brag about their deftness at creating perfectly tender, spicy, smoked meats.  But with all this hullaballoo, I would bet that, if you asked the average person to describe barbecue the first thing they would mention is baby back ribs slathered with a sweet and spicy tomato based sauce.  While that certainly is barbecue, it is but one type of barbecue, and one that isn’t... read more

Gingerbread The Sweetest Smell Of Christmas

  By Peter Martin   "Oh the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we've no place to go Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"       Sammy Cahn's lyrics are sung countless times over the holiday season, and as lover of the winter season I couldn't agree more with his words, but as delightful as that fire is nothing says comfort and warmth as much as the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven.  The aromas of ginger and clove, the heady scent of cinnamon, and the deep earthy essence of molasses seems to rejuvenate and... read more

Leaving the Business: The Dark Side

  • by PeteModerator

  A few years ago, I wrote an article for this website entitled “ ​.”  In the years between then and now and I've discovered another dark side to this industry that so many of us gravitate to.  This job, this lifestyle, is an addiction.  I’m not talking your  garden variety, “Oh, I’m addicted to my morning coffee” kind of addiction.  I’m talking the gut wrenching, hardcore withdrawal symptoms, battling the urge to sink back into oblivion every day for the rest of your life kind of addiction.   When I wrote that article, I was still in the halcyon days of the... read more

How To Make Latkes Potato Pancakes

Written by: Jim Berman CCI Some time in early fall, I decided my long-term goal would be to open my deli. I grew up on deli food and miss it so - the soft, seeded-rye; stinky chopped chicken livers; the dew on the windows from the corned beefs… corning; the grease-glazed knishes; mountains of yellow potato salad. Delaware is not a haven for such gastronomical delights beyond chicken 'n dumplings and steamed crabs. My very indiscriminate love of good food was born of my experience with really good deli food. So, in seven years, I want to open a deli. I have never been... read more

Pipefarces

It never ceases to amaze me that supposedly new and exciting recipes can be so very old in origin. Take, for example, the recent craze for fried mozzarella sticks. 10 years ago they were nowhere to be found. Now suddenly almost every Italian-American restaurant offers them, and they're available in a heat-n-eat form from the supermarket as well. Amazing. Especially when you consider that one form of this recipe dates back to at least the 14th century! This recipe for fried cheese sticks, or "pipefarces", appears in Le Ménagier de Paris, a French work of c. 1393.... read more

How To Choose The Right Knife

Every Cook Needs a Good KnifeKitchen gadgets are supposed to make our busy lives simpler but there are still only two really essential pieces of equipment a cook needs (other than a heat source, of course): a good pan and a high-quality chef's knife. The knife, though, is really most important; there is no other tool in the kitchen that is as useful as the chef's knife.  Sure, other things may look good on a shelf, but all the chrome-plated garlic presses, cobalt blue mixers, and three-speed immersion blenders combined do not compare with the importance of the humble... read more

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